Attention members of the Boston University community; this includes any member of the BU community–student, staff, faculty, or alum–interested in running the 2014 Boston Marathon. And, I know there are many of you from N.Y. and N.J. who are DoubleGSports.com readers.
You may be selected to run this years’ Boston Marathon, just 11 weeks away, on April 21, without qualifying or meeting any fund raising requirements if you submit a statement here. I applied because it would be such a tremendous experience to run Boston in Lingzi’s honor. (Not to mention that I’d never qualify, given today’s qualifying times, for the Boston Marathon as a regular entrant.) There will be an announcement on Friday evening, Feb. 7th revealing the five winners.
Several comments by readers followed Amy Laskow’s article in BU Today: “This is such a beautiful opportunity, what a great idea.” Another reader wrote: “What an extraordinary opportunity to honor this young woman and the resiliency of this city. I’ll definitely be applying for a slot.”
Laskow describes this outstanding tribute created by the Boston Athletic Association, “giving the family of Lu Lingzi (GRS’13), the BU student killed in the bombing at last year’s Boston Marathon, 15 spots for runners in this year’s race. The Lu family has given five of those spots to runners from the Boston University community,” she writes. Laskow adds: “Kenneth Elmore, dean of students, says the ideal submission will be ‘respectful of this occasion and will really demonstrate why a person feels they can engage in this honor that we have been given.’ ”
Elmore adds: “Throughout my interactions with them, this family has shown me what grace is all about. For them to think of us during their time of sadness and sorrow, and to give the people in this community the chance to show their support in such a spectacular way, we should be humbled and honored.”